Rwanda: From Genocide to Precarious Peace

Rwanda: From Genocide to Precarious Peace

by Susan Thomson

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A sobering study of the troubled African nation, both pre- and post-genocide, and its uncertain future

The brutal civil war between Hutu and Tutsi factions in Rwanda ended in 1994 when the Rwandan Patriotic Front came to power and embarked on an ambitious social, political, and economic project to remake the devastated central-east African nation. Susan Thomson, who witnessed the hostilities firsthand, has written a provocative modern history of the country, its rulers, and its people, covering the years prior to, during, and following the genocidal conflict. Thomson’s hard-hitting analysis explores the key political events that led to the ascendance of the Rwandan Patriotic Front and its leader, President Paul Kagame. This important and controversial study examines the country’s transition from war to reconciliation from the perspective of ordinary Rwandan citizens, Tutsi and Hutu alike, and raises serious questions about the stability of the current peace, the methods and motivations of the ruling regime and its troubling ties to the past, and the likelihood of a genocide-free future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300197396
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 830,769
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Susan Thomson is associate professor of peace and conflict studies at Colgate University. In 1994, she was program officer for the United Nations Development Programme and present in Rwanda during the crisis. She lives in Hamilton, NY.

Table of Contents

List of Plates, Maps and Tables vii

Acknowledgments ix

List of Abbreviations xii

Introduction: The "New" Rwanda 1

Part I Genocide, and its Causes and Consequences

1 Genocide: Power Politics, not Ethnic Hatred 17

2 The Roots of the Genocidal State 39

3 Refugee Rebels: Preparing for Civil War 55

Part II Transitioning to Peace?

4 A Semblance of Normality 79

5 Securing People and Place 97

6 Control at Home and Abroad 119

7 Militarized Democracy 131

Part III Setting Up for Success

8 State, Party, Family 145

9 Good Citizens 166

10 Conformity or Else 181

Part IV The Fruits of Liberation

11 Rules, Rules and More Rules 203

12 Friends Only 221

Epilogue: The Politics of "Never Again" 242

Notes 256

Glossary 289

Index 293

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